Re: NANFA-- Maryland darter

R. W. Wolff (
Sat, 11 Jan 2003 15:12:05 -0600

> You're thinking of the fountain darter. A large number were collected and
> killed in the San Marcos River (I think) in Texas by researchers.

Thanks Jay. Yes, it had to be as the fountain darter is only found in"San
Marcos and Comal springs and their effluent rivers ( Gaudulpe R. system) "-
" Common in Sand Marcos Spring, extirpated but reintroduced in Comal springs
and may be repopulating" ( source: Peterson's Feild Guides Freshwater Fishes
L. Page and B. Burr).

This is ridiculous since, as you mentioned, it would be much better to
check a more common species that is similar in physical characters and
habitat. Luckily it sounds as though the Fountain darter is not in that
much trouble in its small range. The other two similar species are very
common in most of their respective ranges, the cypress and least darters.

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